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Todd

ELLは、現役の大学教授(Mr.Todd Beuckens)が作成した英語教材を無料で利用できるサイトです。現在は約1000ほどの教材を作成しており、海外の学生に多く利用されています。

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英語リスニング - No.376 Life History

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Miki talks a little about her background.

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Todd: Miki, where did you go to university?

Miki: I went to university in California, at a school called the University of California at Berkeley.

Todd: And where is that in California?

Miki: It's in the Bay Area, which is in the northern half of California, right across the bay from San Francisco.

Todd: OK, and what did you study?

Miki: I studied many things, but I majored in Japanese

Todd: Oh, really!

Miki: I did.

Todd: Oh, wow. Now you are of Japanese ancestry.

Miki: My mother is. My father is from Kansas.

Todd: Oh, really.

Miki: His family is from the South, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas. My mother is from Japan. She grew up in Nagasaki and moved to Yokohama when she was young so most of my family is there, Yokohama and the South.

Todd: Oh, wow! What a combo.

Miki: Yeah, I guess so.

Todd: Now were you already fluent in Japanese before you started university?

Miki: I was but it wasn't a standard Japanese. It was very familiar. It was Japanese that was spoken within the family, between parent and child, and so it was very casual, and conversational.

Todd: OK. Is it difficult for you to comprehend people sometimes in Japan or is it just like home?

Miki: Oh, it's absolutely difficult because there, well first of all, they're dialects and then of course there are different levels of politeness and conversationalist, I guess, and especially once I get into a classroom with other professors, and other students, colleagues my age, it's quite difficult to follow the language, but if it's street talk it's much easier.

Todd: Oh, really! OK, so at university, did you study just to learn Japanese as a language or did you study literature?

Miki: I'll be honest. I studied to get an easy degree, and frankly it was quite easy, but then I had a very good professor in classical Japanese and that's when my interest in literature and history actually was born and I ended up becoming a researcher in medieval history, medieval literature.

Todd: Wow, that must be really difficult though cause that's old, old style of language, it's an

old text. (Yes) Like Shakespeare is difficult for me.

Miki: That's actual, well, that's actually an interesting comparison cause Shakespeare is actually just a little bit easier for us modern Americans to comprehend than classical Japanese is for a modern Japanese person to comprehend because the language, actually, Shakespearean English is actually much closer to modern English than classical Japanese is to modern Japanese, but

it's not spoken, so if one has a dictionary, then one can do research.

Todd: Alright! Well, thanks a lot Miki.

Miki: You're welcome.

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